What Is The Best 4G Network?

July 29, 2015

Following up from our 4G handset blog, we are also frequently asked – what is the best 4G network?

With almost every smart phone coming out these days supporting 4G, it is undeniable that 4G is fast becoming a necessity. Unlike the olden days when smart phones were complemented by, rather than dependent on, a strong network connection, customers now consider a strong 4G connection an essential aspect of their decision making process when considering a potential provider’s package. This is largely because most smart phones now feature aspects that can come to life based on a strong data connection.

App developers take the presence of 4G almost as a given, thereby designing apps that require both greater speed, and bandwidth. Even simple apps like maps or messaging now have richer text and images, requiring a fast data connection and larger bandwidth allowances for optimal user experience. Users looking to use the same apps with slower data networks will naturally be at a disadvantage – a fact that every phone user is beginning to pick up on. That’s why the standard of a provider’s 4G network is one of the main considerations for users before choosing a particular device.

smartphone - 4G network coverage

So what is the best 4G network in the UK? Any attempt to answer this question will depend on two main factors – coverage & speed. Below, we’ve debated the merits of the top UK 4G providers.


For those living in major UK cities, coverage might not be the first priority, but since most people will, at some point, travel to areas with lesser availability, it should still be a factor to consider.

As all major providers have now pledged to reach 98% of the UK’s population by the end of 2015, it’s reasonable to assume mobile users will see a significant improvement throughout the year, regardless of their company of choice.

Until that figure is reached however, EE ranks the highest in terms of area covered with a reach of over 90%. Vodafone and 02 come in second place, with a similar coverage of 70% and Three brings up the rear, with 53% coverage.


Coverage is closely linked with speed, with EE coming out on top. With its broad range of 4G coverage, its 67% coverage of the UK population for ‘double speed’ 4G and work planned for ‘4G LTE Advanced’ EE later in the year, EE is without doubt the forerunner in the 4G game based on these two facts alone. The company were also recently voted to have the fastest 4G connection of UK companies in a special 2015 4G report.

While other network providers aspire to EE’s network coverage and speeds, Vodafone have said that their customers ‘don’t care about speed’. So we can assume that 4G is not as much of a concern for them as the other key players in the UK telecommunications industry.

So who comes out on top?

When it comes to 4G, EE has always been ahead of the game. Even when 4G was not a widely considered as a necessity, EE provided customers with the option of having a fast-speed network connection at a relatively low cost – the principal advantage 4G has over regular data packages. Overall, there is no denying that EE’s experience, history of providing 4G and commitment to innovation in the market has given it a definite edge over its competitors in every aspect of the race.

What do you think is the most important aspect when choosing a network provider for your organisation’s mobile devices? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Leave us a comment in the box below.

Or if you’d like more information on 4G connectivity, contact us today to find out more about our 3G and 4G Internet connectivity options.



Written by abica

Abica is a Glasgow based business telecoms and IT provider. Together with our IT Division, pcr, we provide businesses with a full range of high quality telecoms and IT products and services tailored to fit around your business.

    Get in touch

    We are always happy to talk and see if we can help to improve on what you have.

    The latest from Abica